Pinot Noir, Alysian Floodgate Vineyard, Russian River Valley, 2010 BTB $38
The best winemakers in Sonoma County + Exceptional Vineyards = Wines that have the capability to age gracefully, becoming more interesting with time. We were therefore impressed but not surprised to find how complex, elegant and food friendly Alysian's 2010 Floodgate Pinot Noir has become after six years in the bottle. Located on Trenton-Healdsburg Road in Russian River Valley, the Floodgate Vineyard borders Mark West Creek, which floods every winter, submerging the flat areas of the vineyard. Made by the legendary Gary Farrell, this Pinot is an beautiful expression of grape and place.
Zinfandel, Comstock Rockpile Sonoma County 2013 BTB $45
The Comstock family came to Dry Creek in 2002. They produce exciting zinfandels that are true to the Rockpile terroir perched high above Dry Creek Valley with elevations ranging from 800-2000 feet. Sitting in the sun above the fog, this vineyard produces powerful and richly flavored fruit. The 2013 Zinfandel is luscious, full of aromas of blackberry jam and ripe blueberry. Dark coffee and vanilla cream balance notes of herbal anise but it is the black fruit and warm spice on the finish which make this Zinfandel ideal for smoky barbecue and classic Italian fare.
Fiano, Ryme Lago Vineyard, Sonoma County, 2015
Fiano is an intriguing white grape originally from Campania in southern Italy. Megan and Ryan Glabb discovered a small planting of this rare-to-California grape in the Lago Vineyard adjacent to Lake Sonoma on Skaggs Springs Road. Excitingly crisp, textured with floral and honeyed notes, with balanced spice and tropical fruit (think pineapple). BTB $30